NHFRC attends “What’s On Your Plate?” food networking event

9 Apr

It was a last-minute decision for me to attend the “What’s On Your Plate?” event Tuesday morning, but boy am I glad I did. The event held at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia, NH was all about bringing like-minded individuals together to talk about their ideas for improving the current food system. The event was organized by an organization called Back to Farming at Laconia State School.

The morning began with a delicious, locally sourced breakfast donated and prepared by the owner of  Laconia Village Bakery, who donated food along with the Woodshed Coffee Roasting Company. After opening remarks by local food movement supporter, Karen Barker and Lorraine Merrill the New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, everyone was asked to write down simple ideas about the food system and what they are doing to help the cause on post-its to share with those attending. I was excited to share with everyone that NHFRC is currently creating a list of farmers and local food producers that are interested in supplying food to restaurants and that we have a Certified Local program in progress as a way to recognize the efforts of New Hampshire restaurants and chefs.

After stuttering through introducing myself to the six others at my table, I was really able to open up and find a way to connect with each and every person I was sitting with. I met Chris Rueffert,  a Dietician at Lakes Region General Hospital . Chris was instrumental in arranging locally sourced cafeteria meals and Farmers Markets at LRGH and Franklin Hospital last year.  I also met a women by the name of Carol from Wolfboro who along with a business partner plans to open Cafe O.L.E.(Organic, Local, Edible) this September.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Leslie, the owner of Tavern 27 in Laconia, NH who shared with me her forward thinking ideas on our food system. I will defiantly be eating at Tavern27 soon!

By the end of the morning I was well on my way to having a great network of people from the Laconia area who are interested in the progress of our current food system in the Lakes Region.

Check out this poster everyone was given at the event: Everybody Eats! It has some really great ideas!

Please check out the Back to Farming at Laconia State School initiative by visiting their Facebook page.

Let’s keep the conversation going! Please let us know what your ideas are involving a sustainable local food system. Are you doing anything to help the cause?  If so, please share with everyone what you are doing!

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